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Descriptive inventory for the Norman Ross papers, 1955-1968

Norman Ross papers

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Descriptive inventory for Norman Ross papers, 1955-1968

Prepared by Stephanie Matelski, 2010; rev. by Peter T. Alter and Rachel Juris, 2011.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
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E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Norman Ross papers, 1955-1968 (inclusive)
Creator: Norman Alexander Ross
Dates: 1955-1968 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1995.09
Bib number: 00145965
Call number: MSS Lot R
Size: 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Brought to CHS from Latin School across the street (accession #: 1995.09).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Norman Ross papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include publications by Norman Ross, cataloged separately and the Charles H. Percy papers (M1984.0170).

Collection Summary +/-

Transcripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, and other papers of Norman Ross, a Chicago radio and television personality during the 1950s and 1960s who hosted several programs including "This is the Day," "Off the Cuff," and "Tunes from Talman." Topics include history, art, culture, and local, national, and international events. Also present is personal and professional correspondence with U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Norman Alexander Ross (1922-2008) was a Chicago radio and television personality during the 1950s and 1960s, primarily at ABC affiliate WBKB-TV (later WLS-TV), and on WGN-AM and WFMT-FM radio stations. Ross conducted interviews, offered commentary, and played music on programs including "Off the Cuff," "This is the Day," and "Tunes from Talman." Ross also wrote for the Chicago Daily News (1955-1968). From the late 1960s until 1986, Ross worked as director of public affairs for First National Bank of Chicago. He returned to WLS-TV from 1989-2001. Ross was active in numerous civic organizations, including Chicago United, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Children's Memorial Hospital. Ross' father, Norman Ross, Sr., was also a Chicago radio personality on NBC affiliate WMAQ-AM; his son took over the broadcast upon his death.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Broadcasting--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Radio broadcasters--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Television programs--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Percy, Charles, H., 1919-
Ross, Norman Alexander, 1922-2008--Archives
Organizations:
WBKB (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
WGN (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
WLS-TV (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
WMAQ (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Transcripts
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century
United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Program materials, 1955-1967 (box 1-2)
Series 2. Research materials, 1955-1968 (box 3)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Ellen Olker using Oxygen editor, 2015; rev. by Julie Wroblewski, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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